Grant Sails Into Wilmington!

Wilmington

Dear GV Families and Friends,

I was in Wilmington, NC last night for a show hosted by the Jean and Connor Keller and their three daughters, Callie, Jeannie and Diana. The girls invited friends and classmates, and we had a great turn out. Everyone enjoyed talking about camp and viewing our new video and video highlights from 2015!  In true Gwynn Valley style, all the children took home a piece of the farm in the form of popcorn grown on site.We raise the corn during the late summer and it was harvested about a month ago. It was a great evening in a great NC city with a lot of history.

I’ll be in Winston Salem tonight and hope to folks there!

Grant

New “You Rock Supercamper Video” and More!

Dear Parents, Campers and Friends,

Greetings from camp and hope all is well out there in homeland.  Downtown GV has been bustling in the past few weeks and even without campers here, lots of work is going on.  Andy, Maggie, Anne and Grant have all been out on the promo trail and will continue to do so in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  Come out and see us at one of our shows, view our new promotional video, get a copy of last summer’s highlights video and take home some farm grown GV popcorn that was just harvested a few weeks ago.

Speaking of video we just put out our 2015 “You Rock Supercamper Video” and it’s on the homepage of our website (https://vimeo.com/143261483).  It was a fun project and makes me want to start our 2016 season tomorrow.  Who will join me?  It might be a bit cold.  Another Fall/Winter project will be to update our website with some changes that will take place into the new year.

As our weather cools we are making some improvements to various parts of camp and beginning to order gear for the summer.  Chestnut Hollow will be getting a bit of a facelift.  We drained the Lake several weeks ago to get a track hoe in to dig out a portion of the lake for a rope swing we hope to install sometime in winter or early Spring.  We’re also hoping to put a roof on the climbing tower for next summer so stay tuned for news about that.

Probably our biggest news is the beginning of our Young Leaders program which will kick off next summer.  Young Leaders is a leadership program focusing on whole person development to help teens transition from the role of camper to camp leader. The program will combine elements of leadership training, community building, service work, learning opportunities, first aid training, skill development, and age appropriate fun! Young Leaders will be given greater responsibility than in previous camper years under the guidance and supervision of 2 dedicated staff.  We’re excited to get this program underway and looking forward to having our first participants this summer.

Lots happening here at GV, so stay tuned!